Sports Massage Therapy & Assisted Stretch Therapy

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Sports Massage Therapy in East Dulwich, South East London

Sports Massage Therapy – for injury prevention, pain management and better muscular function 

As a Sports Massage Therapist with 15 years’ experience, I provide expert treatments tailored to suit your needs and requirements on the day.  I specialise in pain and injury management with the aim to getting to the root cause of what’s going on for you.  Using soft tissue techniques to help address areas of tension, we can bring back healthier function and overall easing of musculoskeletal pain and discomfort.

Not all sports massage therapy is deep tissue, however, there will be some techniques, used appropriately, that will be deep and some techniques that will be superficial.  The most important thing is the promotion of tissue healing, improving mobility, flexibility and strength and therefore, there is no sequencing to the work.  I am guided by your history, presentation of what’s going on for you emotionally and physically, and how your body and nervous system responds.   I integrate most treatments with some breath work and movement rehab, sending you away with some tools that reinforce the treatment session to help you get the best out of your body and mind.

Rachel Barlow doing assisted stretch therapy with a patientAssisted Stretch Therapy – for joint mobilisation and ease of movement

Assisted Stretch Therapy is a hands-on manual therapy method that uses gentle traction and gentle stretching of varying intensity. It’s a supportive, flowing practice where joints are taken through their available range of motion, targeting joints, muscles, and connective tissue. The results can be deep and long-lasting, helping to resolve discomfort and pain and assist in improving performance, posture, and overall well-being.

Rachel performing assisted stretch therapyI also use Assisted Stretch Therapy as an assessment tool which enables me not just to stretch you, but as an opportunity to discover imbalances that may not be serving you.  With Assisted Stretch, we can bring back balance to your body by activating muscles that need waking up and releasing muscles that are too tight.  You’ll learn about your body, how to breathe, where you might want to build muscle, and where you might need to stretch more often, giving you an opportunity to integrate the work into your lifestyle in a practical way.  And maybe you want none of that and would just like to come for a yummy stretch.  Not to worry, I always make notes for all clients, so you don’t have to remember or do anything.  Just turn up and let me take care of you.

Movement Coaching

Most, but not all, discomfort comes from poor movement patterns and uncoordinated movement patterns often borne out of previous injury, poor postural habits, work, and life’s stresses.  Whatever your movement practice or chosen sport is, I use my deep understanding of biomechanics, anatomy, breath work, along with over 20 years of movement experience, to treat dysfunctional movement patterns in the body.  I develop your body’s awareness and provide rehabilitative exercises to help bring back patterns of movement which may have been lost along the way.  This provides you with the tools required for your sporting and movement goals whatever they may be.  I can then assist you further by bringing together all that knowledge into your weight training, running, yoga session, or movement practice of your choice.

manual movementYou can benefit from sports massage, assisted stretch therapy and movement coaching sessions, whether you’re an office worker, sports person, novice exerciser, athlete, or someone who wants to improve your performance. Every step you take towards a healthy lifestyle will benefit you both now and in the future.

If you’d like to know more and to see if I can help you, please contact me for a chat.  My clients are always at the heart of everything I do, so it’s important to me that I know I can help and support you on your healing journey.


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